Halloween Costumes for Kids (Ideas for 2023)

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Spooky season is back in style, and as the leaves turn a crisp golden hue and pumpkin spice fills the air, one question lingers in every parent’s mind: “What will my kiddo dress up as this Halloween?” If you’ve ever felt the annual costume decision was a bit daunting, you’re not alone. Parents everywhere feel the pressure to make each Halloween unique and memorable. From trending characters to classics, deciding on the perfect outfit can sometimes feel overwhelming amidst the sea of options.

But here’s the good news: This year, you don’t have to look any further! We’ve curated a list of imaginative, delightful, and utterly unforgettable costume ideas for kids that go beyond the usual store-bought options. Whether your child wants to explore the depths of the ocean as a mesmerizing jellyfish, become a walking masterpiece with a paint palette costume, or zoom through space as the entire solar system, there’s something here for every personality and interest.

Dive in, let your imagination run wild, and remember – Halloween is all about having fun, creating memories, and letting kids (and adults!) step into a fantastical world for a night. So, gear up for a Halloween that’s sure to be filled with laughter, creativity, and a sprinkle of magic!


Halloween Costume Ideas for 2023

1. Eco-Superhero

The planet needs saving, and who better than our little warriors to lead the charge? Deck your child out in green capes and recycled accessories for a costume that’s not just cool but also sends a positive message!

2. DIY Astronaut

The cosmos is the limit. Using silver clothing, add patches and DIY accessories, perhaps even a cardboard helmet. It’s a classic look, with a homemade touch.

3. Little Mermaid

Dive deep into a magical underwater world with a shimmering Little Mermaid costume, perfect for those who’ve always dreamed of being part of Ariel’s enchanting realm.

4. Mario Bros.

Power up with a classic Mario Bros costume, and let your child jump into a world of adventures, racing through the Mushroom Kingdom and saving Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches!

5. Robo-Kid

With tech being all the rage, why not turn your toddler into the cutest robot ever? Silver leggings, cardboard boxes, and some imaginative decorations and you’re set!

6. Garden Gnome

Red hats, white beards, and a belt buckle. Perhaps even add a DIY toadstool or lantern. This costume is as cute as it is iconic!

7. Novelty Noodles

Inspired by the instant noodles craze! A DIY hat shaped like a noodle cup will surely make your kid the talk of the town.

8. Mini Influencer

Dress your little one in trendy clothes, hand them a pretend smartphone, and let them mimic the social media stars. A bit tongue-in-cheek, but oh-so-2023!

9. Shadow Figure

Using all-black clothing and some crafty cut-outs, make your child into a mysterious shadow figure. A little eerie, but cool and unique.

10. Little Lighthouse

Brighten up the night with this idea. Transform your kid into a guiding lighthouse using paper or cloth, and maybe even a flashlight for the beacon.

11. Cloud Dreamer

Every day can be sunny with your little one as a walking daydream. Dress them in fluffy cotton or pillow stuffing on blue clothing, and add a sun or rainbow accessory for that magical touch.

12. Bookworm

Knowledge is power! Attach images of popular book covers to a green outfit, add some glasses, and carry a book. Bonus points for a fun hat that looks like a worm!


13. Potted Plant

Perfect for little nature lovers. Use a cardboard box as the “pot” and dress your child in green. Add some fake flowers or leaves to complete the look.

14. Paint Palette

For the budding artist! Use a piece of cardboard as a palette, attach various colored “paints” (sponges or cotton balls dipped in paint), and pair it with a paintbrush.

15. Jellyfish

A beautiful underwater creature! Use an umbrella and attach streamers or fabric strips to simulate tentacles. When they walk, it’ll float above them, giving a lovely floating jellyfish effect.

16. Clock

It’s “time” for Halloween! Dress your child as a walking, talking clock using cardboard. Bonus points if the hands move!

17. Solar System

For the space enthusiast. Attach planets to a black outfit in their order from the sun. Your child is the center of the universe in this costume!

18. Barbie

Step into a world of glitz and glamour with a Barbie costume, letting your child shine bright as the iconic fashionista ready for her next fabulous adventure!

19. Sugar Cube

Oh, so sweet! Dress your little one in an all-white outfit, and attach white foam or sponges to resemble sugar cubes.

20. Marshmello DJ

Get ready to dance the night away. Use boxes to create the robot’s body and arms, add dials and buttons, and carry a “turntable” made from cardboard.

21. Walking Aquarium

Decorate clear plastic with fish stickers, wear blue clothing, and become a magical marine spectacle.

22. Roblox Avatar

Dive into the virtual world with a “Roblox” avatar costume, featuring a blocky character design, vibrant clothing options, and quirky accessories that reflect the dynamic and customizable nature of the game’s digital universe.

23. Raya from “Raya and the Last Dragon”

The brave warrior princess from the animated movie.

DIY: Get a blue jumpsuit and add yellow fabric patterns to mimic her warrior suit. Add a blue cape and carry a DIY staff made from a long stick and paper.

24. Rainbow Friends from Roblox

Celebrate the vibrant world of Roblox with the Rainbow Friends costumes, showcasing a brilliant spectrum of colors and character designs that pay tribute to the game’s lively and imaginative community of players.

25. Pikachu

Mix styles from different eras – think Victorian clothes with futuristic gadgets, or a caveman with a toy robot.

26. Among Us Costume

Step into the world of deception and strategy with the inflatable Among Us costume for kids, a fun and puffed-up tribute to the popular game’s quirky crewmate characters. Perfect for little imposters and crewmates alike!

27. L.O.L. Surprise Diva

Embrace the sparkle and sassy style of the L.O.L. universe with the L.O.L. Surprise Diva costume, complete with iconic leopard prints and pink high-top shoes; it’s the perfect outfit for budding divas ready to strut their stuff this Halloween!

28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

Dive into the action-packed streets of New York City with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes, featuring vibrant bandanas and detailed shell backpacks; it’s a nostalgic throwback for kids eager to channel their inner hero in a half shell!

29. Gabby’s Dollhouse

Unleash a world of feline fantasy and delightful dollhouse adventures with Gabby’s Dollhouse costumes, capturing the charm and whimsy of the animated series’ colorful characters.

30. Miles Morales from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2”

The next-gen Spider-Man with iconic black and red suit.

DIY: Wear a black and red Spider-Man costume or make one using a black bodysuit and red fabric paint for details. Don’t forget the web-patterned mask!

31. Spider- Gwen

Swing into action and embrace the bold, stylish essence of Spider-Gwen with costumes that highlight her iconic white and pink spider-themed design from the Marvel universe.

32. ‘Black Panther’ Shuri

Swing into action and embrace the bold, stylish essence of Spider-Gwen with costumes that highlight her iconic white and pink spider-themed design from the Marvel universe.

33. Mime-in-training

Striped shirt, white face paint, and playful expressions – no words needed!

35. Future Farmer

Overalls, a toy tractor, and maybe even a plush farm animal in tow.

36. Nature Enthusiast

Attach fake leaves, flowers, and butterflies to an outfit. Perfect for the child who loves the outdoors!

37. Night Sky

Dress in deep blues or black, sprinkle stars and perhaps a crescent moon, and let them shine!

Hope these fit the bill! Remember, the most important thing about a costume is the fun and memories made while wearing it! Happy crafting!

Tips for Success:

  • Always prioritize comfort. Make sure the costume doesn’t itch, overheat, or restrict movement.
  • Opt for reusable or recycled materials where you can. It’s eco-friendly and often more cost-effective.
  • Do a test run before the big night to ensure everything fits and stays in place.

Skills Learned:
Creating or choosing a costume helps in:

  • Boosting creativity and imagination.
  • Enhancing decision-making skills.
  • Learning about different cultures, histories, or trends through various costume themes.

As the magic of Halloween draws near, remember it’s all about the memories and fun. No matter what your child decides to dress up as, they’ll surely light up the night. Happy Haunting!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

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